Residents parking in Cambridge

Apply for a resident parking permit for the first time or renew your permit online

First time parking permit applications and permit renewals can be made by using the online service below. Please ensure that you have a scanned image or a readable photograph of the following documents:

  1. The vehicle’s insurance certificate showing you as the main insured driver (If it is a company car with fleet insurance, then a letter from the company on headed paper stating that you are the main user of the vehicle will be acceptable).

  2. Proof that you live at the property, For this we accept your driving licence as long as it shows the address of the property you are applying for, or a tenancy agreement for the property in your name (If you have neither of these then we will accept a utility bill, bank statement, deed of conveyance as long as they are addressed to you at this address. You then have 3 months to supply us with the correct documentation and if this isn’t received then the permit will be cancelled and parking tickets issued).

  3. If your vehicle has emissions of less than 75gkms you are entitled to a 20% discount of the full cost of a resident permit. You will need to supply your V5C (logbook) document for the vehicle.
All permits are printed on secure stationery and will be posted. You will need to allow five working days from the date of application to receive your permit. Please note if you have not provided the required documentation or we require further information in order to process your application, the Parking Team will contact you directly. This may result in a delay in your permit being posted. 

Information about renewing a resident parking permit

  • Residents parking permits are valid for one year from the date of issue.
  • You will receive a renewal notice letter or email to advise when the current permit is due to expire and instructions on how to renew your permit.
  • On receipt of your letter, or up to 28 days before your permit expires, you can renew and pay for your permit using the online service.

Apply for visitor permits online

Visitor permits are £12 and one visitor permit will cover five visits. They can be used on any day within one year from purchase. Each zone has differing hours of operation so please check the leaflets below or road signage for days they are required.

Please note any unused/expired or partially used permits will not be refunded/exchanged. Visitor permits are restricted to 20 permits per resident per annum.

Can't find your address?

If your address isn't currently active on our system, please download the visitors' parking permit application form above and complete and return it with the correct fee and relevant documents by post to the Cambridgeshire Parking Permits address stated below.

Apply for a permit by post

Additionally, permit applications can be downloaded and sent by post to the following address:

Cambridge Parking Permits
Cambridgeshire County Council
PO Box 121
CB1 2WW

Apply for a permit at Cambridge Central Library

You can also apply for a parking permit or renew your parking permit at the Parking Services Desk located on the third floor of Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard, Grand Arcade, Cambridge, CB2 3QD. The desk is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Mondays only (excluding bank holidays).

When applying for a permit for the first time or renewing your permit at the library, you will need to bring the following documents with you:

  • The vehicle's insurance certificate showing you as the main insured driver (if it is a company car with fleet insurance, then a letter from the company on headed paper stating that you are the main user of the vehicle will be acceptable).
  • Proof that you live at the property. For this, we accept your driving licence as long as it shows the address of the property you are applying for, or a tenancy agreement for the property in your name. If you have neither of these, then we will accept a utility bill, bank statemen or deed of conveyance, as long as they addressed to you at this address. You then have three months to supply us with the correct documentation and if this isn't received, then the permit will be cancelled and parking tickets issued.
  • If your vehicle has emissions of less than 75gkms you are entitled to a 20% discount of the full cost of a resident permit. You will need to supply your V5C (logbook) document for the vehicle.

When applying for a visitor permit at the library, you will need to bring the following with you:

  • Proof that you live at the property. For this we accept your driving licence as long as it shows the address of the property you are applying for, or a tenancy agreement for the property in your name. If you have neither of these, then we will accept a utility bill, bank statement or deed of conveyance, as long as they are addressed to you at this address.

Challenges or payments for Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) will not be considered at the Parking Services Desk. Please follow the instructions on the reverse of the Penallty Charge Notice, or see our parking tickets and appeals webpage.

Other types of parking permits

Tradesperson permits

To apply for a tradesperson permit you will need to show there is a clear operational need for your vehicle to park in the resident permit area.  Tradesperson permits can be purchased by the homeowner or contractor. The tradesperson permit is only valid within the residential permit scheme that you are applying for.

We require a minimum of three working days' notice before processing a tradesperson permit. Evidence of works, i.e. job sheet, is required with a completed application. Failure to adhere to these terms and conditions will result in an application being rejected. Applications made via telephone will not be accepted.

CCC Tradesperson permit 200819
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Business permits

A business that is within a resident's parking scheme and has no off-street parking can apply for permits to allow up to three vehicles to park on street. Due to on street parking demand by residents, business permits will not be issued for Brunswick, Kite, Park or Regent areas.

There is strict eligibility criteria in place for business permits so please contact parkingpermits@cambridgeshire.gov.uk to find out if your business is eligible before filling out the application form below.

Medical visitors' parking permits

Any resident who is elderly and / or infirm and requires regular visits from relatives or services on medical grounds may apply for visitors' permits free of charge.

Your doctor will need to assess your infirmity or lack of mobility and provide an estimate of the number and frequency of official visits required. If you have previously received medical visitor permits, you can order more by calling 01223 727 900 or emailing parkingpermits@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

A dispensation form for health care workers is also available for download.

About residential parking schemes

Residents parking schemes exist to alleviate parking problems by creating on-street parking that can only be used by vehicles with a valid permit at certain times.

Normally residents within a scheme will qualify for a resident's permit (a resident is classed as a person who lives on a street covered by the parking scheme). However, certain properties may not be eligible for resident parking permits because they have been modified after the scheme was introduced.

A permit does not guarantee that a parking space will be available and bays are not assigned to individual properties. A permit does not allow you to park in nearby pay and display bays without paying the normal charges that apply. 

Resident and visitor permits are not required on a bank holiday.

Our policy documentation in relation to residential parking schemes can be found below.

Residents' Parking Scheme Policy
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Cambridge Parking Strategy Review report v3 0
Steer Davies Gleave 2017
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You will find a leaflet detailing more information for each resident parking scheme below.

Contact details

We can be contacted by phone on 01223 727 900 or by email to parkingpermits@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. 

Postal address:
Cambridge Parking Permits

Cambridgeshire County Council
PO Box 121
CB1 2WW